Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming – Brexit update 7 March 2019

Sustain has been pressing policymakers to protect vulnerable people dependent for their food on the public sector and charities. Today we sent a letter to the Prime Minister and launched an e-action, calling on the Prime Minister to do just that.

Please: Urge Theresa May to make sure ‘no deal’ doesn’t mean ‘no meal’

And do let your supporters know. We will continue to press for a hardship fund and government actions such as curbing food price increases, guaranteeing food safety and standards and ring-fencing food supplies for those most in need.

Eat Well Strategy – Year 2 Report – recognising the work of the Alliance

The Year 2 Report of the Eat Well, Move More Shape Up Strategy has just been published.  The report contains really good highlights of the Alliance’s work over the last year, including our involvement with the Nightsafe goes Green project.  We secured some funding from the John Laing Foundation to support the building of raised beds at Cornfield Cliffe, Darwen, 

We are looking forward to the next twelve months of driving the strategy forward.

ACE Awareness

ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) – Are a complex range of stressful or traumatic experiences that children can be exposed to whilst growing up, including those that directly harm a child (e.g. abuse, neglect) and those that affect the environment in which a child grows up (e.g. parental separation, domestic violence). ACEs can be prevented by building resilient and nurturing communities, families and individuals. Join us from 2 pm ro 4pm on the 12th March 2019 at St. Oswald’s Church Community Hall, Fecitt Brow, Knuzden Brook, Blackburn for a free community screening of RESILIENCE. This hour long film chronicles the beginning of an international movement to prevent childhood, trauma, treat toxic stress and improve the health of future generations. With the rising concern of the mental health and well-being of our children and young people, not to mention the stresses families are facing, this film seeks to make visible the impact of childhood trauma. It also gives us hope that we can be resilient in the face of adversity. This film is important for anyone who wants to find out more about toxic stress and ACEs and those who are interested in joining a growing movement of people who want to see an end to childhood trauma and its effects in later life. The film will be followed by a question and answer session with an expert panel, which will focus on how, as a community, we can work together to address the issues of childhood trauma and how it impacts all aspects of our lives and systems (education, health, work, police). There is no charge for this event. Refreshments will be available

Further info at

Newsletter March 2019

Dear All,

So much has happened since the October conference!

I am writing to ask for your continued support.

Our young people have been part of the Children’s Future Food Enquiry, and have even appeared on Channel 4 News

The Youth Empowerment programme is continuing apace and they are working on further films which explore child poverty issues including the costs of ‘Free School Meals’ and access to water. The latest film of our responses at the conference is in production and will be released shortly we hope, delayed only by Aaron Dunleavy’s success as a filmmaker!

We have worked hard to put a partnership bid in to build upon the Summer Lunchbox programme by offering meals for older children as well as those linked to the Childrens’ Centres, and to provide positive activities. Keep everything crossed for a successful outcome. We have also put in a bid to pilot the Childhood Obesity Trailblazer programme, across Pennine Lancashire, again in partnership with a number of other organisations.

As we discussed at the conference, we would like to create a task and finish group to consider the forward plan and pledge to give us the basis to grow the movement. Some people did put themselves forward for this, and have been emailed; but it could be that others are also interested – probably only one meeting might be required, and the follow up could be by email unless the group wanted to meet. Please could you respond to me directly – the meeting would take place on Thursday, 14th March at 1500 – 1700 latest at St Oswald’s Parish Hall, BB1 2AT.

I hope shortly to let you know how the Eat Well Strategy Group and BwD Food Alliance are going move forward together. In the meantime, we hope to have another Alliance gathering on May 1st – probably in the afternoon, 1500 – 17.00, details to be confirmed.

Food Power -March news

Tackling Food Poverty through people powered change. See all the latest news

Government announces measurement of household food insecurity
On Wednesday the Government finally agreed to measure household food insecurity by including ten standard questions in the UK’s Family Resources Survey this April. After many years of campaigning by Sustain, Church Action on Poverty and their many national and local partners, this is welcome news and a vital step towards better policy and an end to hunger in the UK. Read more.

Food Active Feb bulletin

 NEW Food Active Report: Purchases of price promotions in the North West Work commences on North West local authority trailblazer programmes Food Active North West Consultation Event on Price and Place Promotions Healthy Stadia takes action on junk food sponsorship in sport NEW Food Active Position Statements: Energy Drinks and Healthier Vending Food in Care train-the-trainer course – book your place now! A roundup of the latest news, resources, events and more…

Food Power Project report

Young people from Blackburn with Darwen featured in the national news and local radio, following the making of a film which can be found at

Gillian Beeley, Together Lancashire  – The fact that young people were at the heart of our campaign made the message more compelling – they spoke truth to power. Committing resources to the film production was a risk well worth taking.

When you work as a group, saying you want to change things, more adults listen. We want to do more things (like going to Westminster) to raise awareness to help people realise what food poverty is.  Tia Clarke, BwD Youth Empowerment Forum on Channel 4 News

As a result, there has been more exposure on Channel 4, involvement in the Children’s Future Food Enquiry, presence at conferences. Critically, the Council lead members and offices for Children’s Services and Public Health have committed to reviewing all policies to assess impact on child poverty, and supporting the development of the Food Alliance. The Young People’s movement is now gaining pace and traction through the Youth Empowerment Forum and Youth Parliament.